Where Curious and Open Minds Aspire

The Department of Educational Psychology trains the next generation of leaders in cognitive and developmental sciences, counseling psychology, educational statistics and measurement, school and clinical mental health counseling, and school psychology.

For more than 50 years, the department has focused on building multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists, and in 2013 it won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.

Educational Psychology Information Session

Our Programs

Educational Psychology, MS


Educational Psychology, PhD


School Psychology, EdS

Accelerated Master’s Degree (BS/MS)

Earn your BS in Community Engagement & Education (CEED), plus a Master’s in Cognitive & Developmental Sciences (CDS) in just 5 years!

Graduate Certificates


State of Wisconsin Credentials

Undergraduate Options

Counseling, Minor

Counselors help individuals resolve personal and social problems. Although a minimum of a master’s degree is required to be a professional counselor, the helping skills and developmental perspectives that form the foundation of counseling are applicable to many professions. The Counseling minor is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in professional psychology (counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology) or related fields such as school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or mental health counseling, social work, nursing, allied health professions.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits required for the minor, at least 9 of them in 300 level and above courses taken in residence at UWM. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor taken at UWM. The following courses are required:

Educational Psychology 212: Career Planning and Development
Educational Psychology 220: Positive Psychology applied to Culture, Learning and Development
Communication 350: Intercultural Communication OR
Communication 402: Gender and Communication
Educational Psychology 330: Introduction to Learning and Development OR Educational Psychology 640: Human Development: Theory and Research (U/G)
Counseling 403: Overview of Counseling Skills
Counseling 600: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (U/G)

Counseling Minor Program Sheet (PDF)

Counseling Minor Academic Catalog Requirements

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document

Undergraduate Courses

Want to make the most of your college experience? Need help choosing a major and setting your career path? Preparing for a career in one of the helping fields? Looking to improve your listening and coping skills?

Then you’ll want to check out these exciting course offerings from the Ed Psych Department for incoming Freshman and current undergrads!

Courses for UWM Undergraduates and First Year

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

Cognitive and Developmental Sciences MS – October 1, 2021
Cognitive and Developmental Sciences PhD – October 1, 2021
Educational Statistics and Measurement MS – October 1, 2021
Educational Statistics and Measurement PhD – October 1, 2021

Fall 2022

Cognitive and Developmental Sciences MS – December 1, 2021
Cognitive and Developmental Sciences PhD – December 1, 2021
Counseling Psychology PhD – December 1, 2021
Educational Statistics and Measurement MS – February 15, 2022
Educational Statistics and Measurement PhD – February 15, 2022
School/Clinical Mental Health Counseling: MS – February 15, 2022
School Psychology PhD – December 15, 2021
School Psychology EdS – January 3, 2022

Note: If the deadline date falls on a weekend, deadline will be the following Monday.

The Master’s Degree Application Checklist (PDF) & PhD Degree Application Checklist (PDF) may be a helpful resources. For more information on international admissions, please visit the Center for International Education.

For more information about the application process, please see the Frequently Asked Questions documents for each program:

Fellowship Application Deadlines

Students in Educational Psychology graduate programs are eligible for funding opportunities through the Graduate School. Fellowships information and links to apply can be found on the Graduate School Types of Funding webpage. Those applications must be submitted by the last week in January (2022 deadline: January 27) for internal ranking in the department. We then submit recommendations to the Graduate School by their deadline in early February for the upcoming Fall term.

Scholarship Deadlines

The School of Education awards scholarships every year. Scholarship applications for the upcoming academic year typically become available in November, with a final deadline in early February. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to full tuition. More information about School of Education scholarships and eligibility can be found on the SOE Scholarships & Aid webpage.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data Tables

Counseling Psychology PhD (PDF)

School Psychology Program PhD (PDF)